Students make Valentines for Vets to show their thanks

Schools are invited to participate in the sixth annual Valentines for Vets program, in which youngsters make Valentine’s Day cards to thank military veterans.

Congressman Jim Himes, who represents most of Shelton, initiated the program in his district.

The program collects valentines made by children to deliver to veterans at the local VA hospital, Homes for the Brave in Bridgeport, and other service organizations. Last year, over 60 schools participated by making valentines for distribution.

“I've been very inspired by the impact of this program over the years,” Himes said. “It's a terrific opportunity for kids to learn about the tremendous sacrifice our men and women in uniform make while showing our veterans that they are always in our thoughts.”

Anyone who would like to participate in this year’s Valentines for Vets program should contact Michael Dunn or Eunice Ramirez in Himes’ Bridgeport district office at 203-333-6600. Valentines can be mailed to or dropped off at the Bridgeport office by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 10.